Kerry-Lynne's Story | Youth Insearch


Tue, 16/04/2019 - 09:06


Stories, Newsletter

Kerry-Lynne works in the social services sector as a youth worker, and describes her experience as a Youth Insearch Support Adult. Kerry-Lynne's account of her experience describes the benefits that Youth Insearch gives to young people and communities.

“While working in the social services sector I had the honour of joining and being part of the Youth Insearch family. As a youth worker I have supported young people attending weekend workshops and support meetings. I've heard others say "this is where the magic happens" when talking about camps and I have to agree. It really is magical and an amazing experience for all involved. 

I have seen young people arrive on the Friday with their walls up some even say "I was told to come and give it a go but I'm not sure I want to be here." Then by the end of camp Sunday they had opened up during hassles sessions, started their journey, and were talking about attending the next camp. 

The negative effects on young people's lives who attend could range from grief and loss, drug and alcohol effecting their lives, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, parental or adolescent issues, criminal history and bullying; just name a few. No matter what the issue, they find support, non-judgement and acceptance within Youth Insearch. 

Hearing the Leaders talk about their own life journey, how far they have come, and how their Youth Insearch journey is guiding them, is so inspirational for the young people. To see their faces throughout these stories is so heartening, as they see hope for themselves once more.

The contact doesn't stop when the weekend ends. They become friends on social media; whether a young person, a Leader or Support Person; and through this connection they support and build each other up through good times and bad. Personally it is a privilege to see social media with young people used as a positive support network. 

I have experience young people seeking support from me in between camps and Support Groups. Hearing them acknowledge their mistakes, own their behaviours, and make positive choices for a better future is a refreshing outcome to see. I have also seen many young people start their journey to become a Leader themselves, and with this pathway there is tremendous support and guidance. The young people ensure that they have worked on themselves to move forward in to this role.

Having experienced this journey it would be magical to see Youth Insearch adopted more broadly through services and organisation in our community. Changing young peoples lives builds stronger communities.”

Youth Insearch is a unique program which has an initial offering to young people for a weekend away from their lives to sort through their issues, and the community support in between continues their support journey, and can provide a pathway to develop skills and move forward with their lives. 

Ultimately, the goal of Youth Insearch is to empower young people to take control of their lives and play a positive role in society. This simple goal has far reaching benefits for young people and volunteers alike, who also benefit from their involvement supporting these young people. Communities are also reaping the benefits of Youth Insearch supporting a well adjusted generation coming through to lead Australia into the future.

To learn more about weekend workshops, our peer-support philosophy, volunteering opportunities and our leadership training course, please get in contact with us. We'd love to hear from you!